The Re-Arranger

[Kim Rugg via GOOD]

Appropriate song: Mates of State – The Re-Arranger

[via Pretty goes with Pretty]
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November 11, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Video. Leave a comment.

Hard Work Is Old-Fashioned

Not that this is a bad thing.

Case Study #1

Pete Kithas – Detroit barber since 1962.

“It’s an old-fashioned barber shop — no kids, no woman, just man,” the boisterous 79-year-old Kithas says in his still-thick Greek accent. “Lots of policemens.”

What probably reads as impolite will likely be forgiven as you learn more about him.

His personality, his life really, is best summed up by a story from his early days.In the mid-‘60s, the three floors above his shop were a flophouse hotel. One day, a man walked upstairs looking for a room but was so drunk the clerk at the front desk wouldn’t rent him one. The furious boozer stomped downstairs and threw a temper tantrum on the sidewalk that ended with him kicking in the barber shop’s glass door, shattering it.

Kithas was cutting a Detroit Police sergeant’s hair when this happened. As the cop heard the crashing glass he leaped out of the chair and ran outside to confront the large man, who took one swing and knocked the officer out cold on the pavement. Kithas saw this, put down his scissors and stormed outside. Then the drunk took a swing at him, too.

Big mistake.

Click through to Detroitblog to read the rest.

Case Study #2

[image via A Life Worth Eating]

Dom DeMarco – Crafts (arguably) the best pizza in New York.  Still works 12 hour days.

“The best pizza in New York is Di Fara and not only is it the best pizza in New York, I think it’s the best pizza in the world. It’s the best pizza I’ve ever had and I’d go as far as to say it’s the best thing that I’ve ever eaten.”

[via Kottke]

November 8, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Reading, Video. Leave a comment.

Refurbished Bicycles Make Good Gates

[Bike Guerilla via Dude Craft]

November 7, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Art. 2 comments.

I Was a Sneaky Kid

[Mistake Report #51802 via Dude Craft]

November 6, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Funny. Leave a comment.

Sorcery or Science: You Decide

Don’t understand what laminar flow has to do with this.

[via Sean Michael Ragan @ Make Magazine]

November 3, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Video. Leave a comment.

Physical Peer to Physical Peer

It’s called Dead Drops.

Hey guy, what the hell are you doing?

Oh.

‘Dead Drops’ is an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space. I am ‘injecting’ USB flash drives into walls, buildings and curbs accessable to anybody in public space. You are invited to go to these places (so far 5 in NYC) to drop or find files on a dead drop. Plug your laptop to a wall, house or pole to share your files and date. Each dead drop contains a readme.txt file explaining the project.

[via Becky Stern @ Make Magazine]

October 30, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Smarts. 1 comment.

Not So Boring Drill

Speaking of Minecraft, here’s some real mining craft, crafting mines.

Wikipedia fills us in on the Gotthard Base Tunnel:

After 64 percent of Swiss voters accepted the AlpTransit project in a 1992 referendum, construction of the tunnel began in 1996. Boring operations in the east tunnel were completed on 15 October 2010 in a cut-through ceremony broadcast live on Swiss TV. When it opens for traffic in late 2017, the tunnel will cut the 3.5-hour travel time from Zürich to Milan by an hour and from Zürich to Lugano to 1 hour 40 minutes.

The drill is much less epic when it’s spotless and removed from its natural setting.

(Also, this is only a scale model.)

[via Kottke]

[images via the Guardian and Wikimedia Commons]

October 19, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Smarts. Leave a comment.

More Minecraft Creativity

Epic Waterslide.

Jordan Devore @ Destructoid explains Minecraft’s appeal:

There’s a fine balance in Minecraft when it comes to resource gathering and creation. Left click on a block to break it down, right click to place it back into the environment; easy, but not too easy. I often liken it to building with LEGOs: finding the individual pieces you want might take a while, but the actual process of putting the blocks together is intuitive, and most importantly, fun.

When you start up Minecraft for the first time, you aren’t placed into a tutorial. Hell, you aren’t even told anything, period. You’re presented with a vast, open world, and that’s it. It’s up to you to explore, to make up your own “rules,” and in a way, cater Minecraft to how you want to play it.

For some players, that’s a major turnoff. To an extent, they need to be told what to do in their videogames — otherwise, boredom will quickly strike — and cannot handle ultimate freedom. For others, the true sandbox-style game has finally been realized, and they couldn’t be more enthusiastic about it. […]

As I said earlier, Minecraft pushes you to do certain tasks, even if you don’t immediately realize it. Another way the game accomplishes this is by way of a day-and-night cycle. During the sunny hours, you had best collect resources and stock up while it’s safe outside, especially during your first few days. During the night, well — that’s when the monsters come out.

[via Jordan Devore @ Destructoid]

October 19, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Video. Leave a comment.

Sundog

I need to get a whip immediately.

[via the Presurfer]

October 17, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , . Video. Leave a comment.

Epic Minecraft Highway

Mesmerizing.

[via the Word of Notch]

October 13, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Video. Leave a comment.

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